The South Africa Western Cape Citrus Producers Forum has selected eight youth soccer players as the 2012 Summer Citrus Soccer Star award winners.

The forum is a group of about 350 South African citrus growers who export citrus to the U.S., according to a news release.

The forum has been a long-time supporter and partner with U.S. Youth soccer.

Soccer Star award winners were selected by nominations submitted in essays. Entrants shared personal experiences on how they have displayed courage, imagination, commitment, determination and success.

“We are honored to recognize these eight youth who represent the best of American spirit, courage and leadership,” Suhanra Conradie, chief executive officer of the forum, said in the release.

Selections included:

  • Taylor Ross, Burrillville, R.I.;
  • Carson Ruhland, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.;
  • Grace Brown, Iowa City, Iowa;
  • Christopher Gibson, West Des Moines, Iowa;
  • Shelby Meckstroth, New Orleans;
  • Hunter Henry, Warner Robins, Ga.;
  • Julian Carvajal, Fresno, Calif.;
  • Bianka Parrish, Lakewood Wash.

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